4-15-2020 | Issue 8
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Thank you for your participation in this survey, your feedback is valuable to us.
Exciting Announcement!

You can now download the new TTA App sponsored by  Adams and Reese LLP  today!

Available today from the App Store and Google Play, just search for Tennessee Trucking Association!

Make sure and have your drivers download the app. The App has all the updates on the latest information about COVID-19 that your drivers can easily access.

  • Be sure to enable notifications so that we can communicate with you and the TTA app can best benefit your needs.

The App will be used for events, trucking industry news, and so much more.

For a video on how to download and enable notifications for the TTA App,  click here !
Tennessee Trucking Association Announces $11 Thousand in ...

TENNESSEE - April 9, 2020 - The Tennessee Trucking Association proudly announces $11 thousand in grant funds to support the Teens & Trucks Highway Safety Education Program graciously funded by State Farm. Funds will be used to purchase pedal...

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We are so excited about using State Farm's generous grant to purchase some pedal karts to use with our Fatal Vision impairment goggles as part of our Teens and Trucks Program. The karts will be added to our program in time for this fall school schedule. When students experience the alcohol, marijuana, drowsy and distracted goggles while trying to steer the karts around a course, they get a very impactful learning experience about how these bad choices can put both them and others on the roadways in a very dangerous position. The course can be set up either inside or outside.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Preds Foundation, Gnash is now part of our rolling billboard for safety on our newly wrapped TTA No Zone trailer! Go Preds!

UPS and Old Dominion Freight Line have also offered a trailer that we are trying to get sports teams from East and West TN to sponsor wraps on. If you have contacts with any teams in those areas, please let us know!
Gnash Says "Stay Out of the No Zone!"
Paula Harper, FedEx and TN Road Team Captain,
Living Childhood Dream Behind the Wheel
From an early age, Paula Harper, City Driver
– Nashville, Tenn. (NAS), was captivated by trucks. Instead of growing up playing with dolls, she grew up playing with dump trucks and front-end loaders.
“Trucks have fascinated me since I was a little girl,” Paula said. “I always dreamed of driving a truck.” Growing up, Paula never thought driving a truck was an obtainable goal. Instead, she pursued a career in retail, but her father’s influence helped guide her toward her dream job. Paula’s dad operated heavy equipment, was a truck driver and steel worker. “My dad was in the Navy,” Paula said. “He was a frogman (an early version of what is now Navy SEALS). When he got out of the Navy, his brothers told him the Army was harder, so he went into the Army. He always taught me growing up, whatever you set your mind to, you can do. And that is what I have done.”
Working retail, Paula said drivers would come into the store making deliveries and she would say, “Man, I want to do that.” Paula’s opportunity to fulfill her dream and drive professionally came when she attended a job fair for FedEx
Express and was hired as

Paula Harper and her fellow FedEx Freight Road Team Captains provided President & CEO John Smith with a first-hand look at their Share the Road
demonstration during the team’s orientation.

a driver. She worked eight years for FedEx Express before joining the FedEx Freight team in 2016. As a City Driver with FedEx Freight, her retail
background has been an asset.
“I love being able to interact with our customers,” Paula said. “I want to leave them with a positive experience with FedEx. You always have a smile on your face. If a
customer has a problem, you have to help solve that problem.” Paula’s passion for FedEx and the trucking
industry is unmistakable. She has been educating the public about the industry and road safety as a member of the Tennessee Road Team since 2017. And earlier this year she was announced as one of 10 drivers for the 2020-2021 FedEx Freight Road Team. “My goal is to make the highways a safer
place and to educate people,” she said. “We can take a tractor-trailer out to a safety event or a school and let people experience what we experience in the cab of a truck.” Paula said she brings a lot of knowledge
about being a truck driver to the Road Team. “The trucking industry is a great career for a
man or a woman,” she said. “You can go anywhere at FedEx Freight. You can go into management, you don’t have to just be a driver. But I love being a driver. It’s very rewarding.”
And when the opportunity to speak to women interested in a driving career arises, Paula has
this advice: “I would tell women to just go for it,” she said. “If you like a challenge, it can be
challenging. It’s a lot of fun. You can’t go wrong.”
As social distancing directives continue to stretch out over time, we have made the difficult decision to postpone and reschedule our East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee Big Rigs for Little Kids events. The new date is; Thursday, July 23 rd  for Middle Tennessee and Thursday July 30 th  for East Tennessee. We thank you for understanding the need to reschedule and we hope that you and your families, your employees and their family members are staying safe and healthy. We look forward to you joining us at these events and we will continue to update the entire membership as we move closer to the new newly scheduled dates. Please stay safe and healthy, and thank you and all your people for continuing to keep us supplied during this time! We appreciate each and every one of you and your efforts! Thank you very much!  

With the Stay at Home quarantine, we're all shopping from home. This is the perfect time to help the Foundation through your Kroger or Amazon shopping from home. Just follow the instructions below:
Using your Kroger Plus card can fund the Foundation. Right now we only have 20 households participating. Use this link to sign up or renew your choice to Fund the Tennessee Trucking Foundation. Requires annual update every August.
AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Tennessee Trucking Foundation if you select them as the charitable organization of your choice. Just go to this LINK and either sign in or create an account. Make sure you select Tennessee Trucking Foundation as your charitable organization. Pricing and shopping are the same, but you have to shop from AmazonSmile!
TN Representative Timothy Hill Supports Drivers at TA Truck Stop

Road Team Captain Michael Mosier shared this from an event yesterday at TA Truck Stop in Greeneville, TN. TN Representative Timothy Hill, who is Commerce Committee Chairman, was there handing out treat bags to drivers showing his support and appreciation for all their hard work through this time. Mike's son, Mason, is his Deputy Campaign Manager.

In pic L to R: Mason Mosier, Representative Timothy Hill and TN Road Team Captain Michael Mosier - Old Dominion Freight Line.

The Tennessee Trucking Association is taking a cautious approach to our meetings and events. 

As we see several big events cancelled or postponed in the state and across the nation, we feel that it is in our members best interest to reschedule some of our events; 
  • The Call on Washington will be rescheduled for a later date this year.  
  • Technician Skills Competition has been CANCELLED 
  • Truck Driving Championships have been CANCELLED 
  • We have cancelled our Call on Nashville and the Legislative Reception that was scheduled for April 1, 2020. 
  • Knoxville Roadside March 27, 2020 was cancelled. We will reschedule at a later date to be determined.
  • The remainder of SMC/MC Council meetings for April have been cancelled.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and decide if we need to reschedule more events in the coming days such as;
  • Roadsides 
  • Safety/Maintenance Council Meetings 
  • NATMI Classes
  • Big Rigs Golf Events
Women In Trucking Association Names 2020 Distinguished...

In the weeks since the president declared COVID-19 pandemic to be a national emergency, commercial vehicle operations have faced a changed landscape. Here, a sampling of photos shared by fleets and truck drivers.

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Averitt Provides Masks to More Than 5,000 Drivers &...

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Averitt Express has begun distributing protective face masks to more than 5,000 of its associates. Drivers, dock workers and other frontline associates that handle freight will be provided multiple masks to assist in reducing...

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Trucking Industry Leaders Named to White House Economic...

Arlington, Virginia - American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear is among the selection of transportation leaders named by President Trump to the administration's Great American Economic Revival initiative, which is convening...

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As challenges arise during the Coronavirus pandemic, we are discovering new ways to respond. Our team of experts has put together advice on what trucking companies should be doing to be proactive in the fight against Coronavirus.
In the spirit of teamwork, we are taking all the amazing expert advice we have and giving it to you. We have created a webinar series entitled Leadership in Crisis.
Here are the TAKEAWAYS from the webinar series:
Leadership in Crisis Webinar Highlights
  1. The 5 Principles of Leadership during Crisis - Mentality of Successful Managers
  2. Business Continuity During Crisis - New Effective Organization and Communication
  3. Remote Online Orientation - Our Answer to Social Distancing
  4. Advice from the Expert: "From 3-Day Orientation to an In-Person Half-Day."
  5. CSRs set up Online Orientation for You - Start Using it Today!
HDT Announces 2020 Truck Fleet Innovators

Congratulations to the following: • Doug Lloyd – Averitt Express, Inc. • Chris Woody – M & W Logistics

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Now that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that the public wear cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, employees will increasingly seek to use face masks in the workplace. In an effort to support our...

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